Armslist wins a huge victory as they cannot be held liable for weapons purchased off of their site.
The gun-selling website Armslist won a key victory in a Milwaukee County courtroom Tuesday as a judge dismissed all counts brought by the family of a woman killed by her estranged husband at a Brookfield salon four years ago.
Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Glenn Yamahiro ruled that the federal Communications Decency Act protected Armslist against negligence and other claims brought in a lawsuit by the family of Zina Daniel Haughton.
In October 2012, she and two other women were killed and four other women were wounded by her abusive husband, Radcliffe Haughton, at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield. He then fatally shot himself.
Radcliffe Haughton was prohibited by a restraining order from buying a gun, but he was able to sidestep the law in using Armslist. He bought the gun from a private seller that he found through an ad on the website. Federal law requires federally licensed gun dealers to do background checks, but private sales are not subject to such checks.
The wrongful death lawsuit was filed a year ago against Armslist, its founders, and Devin Linn, the Cedarburg man who sold the murder weapon. Counts remain against Linn, but all the counts against Armslist and its founders were dismissed.
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